First phase of ACPC workshop series on meteorological data to cover five African countries


ECA Press Release 152/2012

Addis Ababa, 20 September 2012 (ECA) – The initial phase of ACPC workshop series on meteorological data opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this morning and will soon extend four other African countries, ECA’s Director for the Division of Food Security and Sustainable Development announced here today.

Dr Josué Dioné was speaking at the opening session of a 2-day national workshop on upgrading hydro-meteorological networks and rescuing historical hydro-meteorological data which kicked of in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this morning.

According to the Information and Communication Service of ECA, Dr Dioné welcomed the decision by Ethiopia to host this novel initiative which ECA plans to extend to Gambia, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda within the next few months.

Some 80 participants drawn mainly from the Ministries of Water and Energy and also that of Agriculture of Ethiopia, the National Meteorological Agency (NMA), Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), are attending the workshop which ends tomorrow.

There are also participants from the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS), Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), African Union Commission (AUC), World Food Program (WFP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ethiopian Meteorological Society and other Development Partners.

This is part of support activities being provided to African countries by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) to better prepare against weather vagaries in the wake of nefarious impacts of climate change on the continent. 

Participants are expected agree on the project design for Ethiopia; define roles for participation of stakeholders in the study’s implementation defined; and finalise the joint NMA-ACPC and MoWE-ACPC project proposals.

This workshop is the first step towards the implementation of the proposed projects.  

The Ethiopian Minister of Water and Energy Mr. Alemayehu Tegenu, also addressed the meeting, saying that adequate meteorological information is essential in making effective technical and political decisions with regards to disaster prevention, preparedness and warning.

He identified some of the challenges with respect to hydro-meteorological data in Ethiopia. These include inadequate meteorological observations network density and coverage; the fact that most metro logical data are in paper format; as well as the non uniform data base that hinders data exchange.

The African Climate Policy Centre is one of the arms of the Clim-Dev Africa programme, a joint initiative by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The three institutions initiated, develop and are currently implementing the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme. 

This programme aims at scaling up the capacities of key institutions and stakeholders with a view to improving climate-related data and observation, information services, policies and risk-management practices in priority climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, health and human settlements.

The African Union Commission provides political leadership and lead in the overall coordination supported by a dedicated Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU); while the African Development Bank leads and manages financial support through a ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF).  

ECA has taken the lead to conceive and establish a knowledge hub which is the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC). It has been operational for two years now. 

The Centre's work focuses on three main result areas: making widely available and disseminating high quality climate information; generating enhanced scientific capacity through analytical work; and ensuring informed decision making and effective awareness and advocacy.


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Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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